Bolivia 1857-PTS FJ 1/2 sol

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1166

This specimen was lot 1166 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $726. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 1/2 Sol. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar and Joaquin Zemborain, assayers. Dated 1857 PTS FJ. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 67. Gem uncirculated with mottled iridescent toning over highly lustrous surfaces. An absolute jewel in superb condition. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, June 1973." The Potosi mint produced these debased one half sol coins 1856-58. These coins, along with contemporary issues from La Paz mint, flooded South America and were denounced by Bolivia's neighbors, to no avail. Though the Potosi mint would eventually reform the coinage and produce standard silver weights, La Paz mint would close.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.65 g, .667 fine silver, this specimen Ø17 mm, 1.67 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 118.2; Y 2a.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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